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Thursday November 16, 2017

inbrief news Police resume search for diver The search for a diver missing off Makara Beach resumed yesterday. Police have deployed the following search teams today in the hunt for the 24-year-old New Plymouth man. The police launch Lady Elizabeth IV, was searching along with the Mana and Kapiti Coastguards and local Surf Life Saving clubs. Land SAR are doing a beach search and police also had assistance from the RCCC and Maritime Radio who have been putting out broadcasts. Police continue to liaise with the diver’s family and update them on the progress of the police-co-ordinated search.

Chance to sample world cuisine at school fair The St Patrick’s Primary School Ethnic Food Fair is back for another year. The annual fair begins at 5.30pm tomorrow and features cuisine from all over the world, including Samoa, Tonga, Iraq, India and several African and South-East Asian countries. There will also be children’s tombola – a type of raffle involving numbered iceblock sticks – games and face painting. School spokesman Julius Johnson says the market is aimed at raising $32,000 to pay for the replacement of playground safety matting, which had been installed last year, as well as some iPads for classrooms. The fair will also help pay for a recently-completed mural that reflects its Catholic heritage. “We raised funds from previous fairs but need some more,” Julius says. “The main thing this year is to finally pay off the matting.” The school hopes for a big turnout to a fair that it says represents the rich diversity of cultures in Wellington.

Candidate’s free work all for public good By Jamie Adams

One of the candidates in the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election enjoys serving people – so much so that he doesn’t ask for payment. Thomas Morgan relies on a benefit as his work as a consultant is done on a “pro-bono” basis. “My background is helping people for free, whether it be in marketing and retail, law, management, politics, central and local government,” he says. “I can’t get a job because I don’t have any work references - there needs to be a solid timeline with someone to get one. “I would be keen for a paid role. I’m looking at self-employment but that gets harder with age.” Thomas, 53, first entered the political foray in 1993 as a local

Thomas Morgan is one of eight candidates running in the southern ward by-election. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

body candidate in Rotorua. “In those days I sent out 1000 business cards and got 1000

votes in return.” He is concerned about the “brands” that some candidates

in the ward identify themselves under, and says he is going into politics independent of party influence. Thomas believes he has developed skills and knowledge that he could use to solve many of problems the city faces. One example of this is a proposal to make landlords licensed, as opposed to a rental warrant of fitness as recently implemented. “If things aren’t working then your licence should be taken away.” He believes the biggest issue for southern Wellington is its risk of devastation from an earthquake and a tsunami in particular. Thomas is under no illusion about what he is getting himself into, should he be elected. “The problems with council are so extreme that anyone taking it on is asking for trouble.”

Art club shows its talent at retirement village It’s an annual spring event which has been held in Rita Angus Retirement Village for the past 10 years, and it’s a date everyone there likes to have marked in their calendars. The Wellington Art Club plans well ahead for the popular Showcase exhibition which had over 200 artworks on display last weekend. It takes two days to set up the works, transforming the atrium into a colourful gallery and residents get great pleasure having it held on their doorstep. This year is special as the club celebrates its 125th anniversary. The club was founded in 1882 by Scottish artist James

McLauchlan Nairn. “We are almost certainly the oldest operating art club in New Zealand,” club president, Judy Laird says. Art Club Patron and Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free officially opened the exhibition at a cocktail evening held in the atrium. The exhibition was then open to the public over the weekend with hundreds of people from throughout Wellington visiting the village. Catherine Corwell from Rita Angus says “it was a fantastic weekend and lots of people loved seeing the village and the gorgeous atrium at the same time.”

Rita Angus sales advisor Catherine Cordwell with immediate past president of the Wellington Art Cub, Olympia Osborne discuss one of the artworks. PHOTO: Supplied

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